Happy New Year Links Round up


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There’s lots of things to do today, and I’ve been relatively quiet, so here are a few things I’ve been looking at, for whatever reason. Maybe you’d be interested:

From Digg.com:

From TYWKIWDBI:

Personal viewings:

The result of a google search for couples boudoir.

My friend Ryan’s inspiration (example above): These Incredible Aerial Photos of Volcanic Rivers in Iceland Look Like Paintings

From Cynical CNews Reporter Passes Out on Air and Then Finishes Report

 

 

still working on them tables


tablesThis has been quite a week for Tina and me.

We learned some bad news. We lost two accounts that made up about eight jobs, two of which were in New York City.

It appears, at least for now, that our NYC work has dried up. It’s my goal to land a bigger and better client to replace this one. Said and done, we weren’t making too much off the work trips to NY. We love that city and love seeing Luis V. and Becky F., so it was always fun to go.

We’ve been raising our rates lately, and are declining lower-paid work in exchange for jobs with higher price tags. As a financial conservative, this is tough for a guy like me.

But the quality of our work is improving, and with that, we should chase higher-quality customers.

On the heels of bad news, there has been a flood of positive words. A local magazine will be publishing the images we took of the tables above, and the response from our client was that the magazine “complimented your gorgeous photos.”

We attended an event with a national luxury interiors magazine last night and received, quite possibly, some of the highest praise from their publisher I’ve ever heard. She introduced us as a high-quality, photography team with a portfolio of amazing work as well as two of the best personalities in the business.

The stars are also aligning with strong possibilities of landing a beautiful studio space soon. Stand by for details.

And the mother of one of the models we’ve worked with a few times sent us a note this week that read:

Lauren has worked with several other photographer teams since the catalog [for our client]. To date, I think your set-up/shot plans, energy and direction, and brilliant finishing are not to be duplicated.

All I know is, I should be re-broadcasting those words with bullhorns from rooftops.

We continue to attract attention from bigger and better clients. I can tell it’s taking it’s toll on this blog. Day to day hits have plummeted.

It’s fine. I’m directing more energy — positive energy — toward creative efforts.

Tina and I hope to roll out our new brand soon. And I’m going to be dedicating much more time to social media and marketing to drive traffic to us.

 

 

Tempting: I BOUGHT AN APARTMENT TO RENT OUT ON AIRBNB


In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the past year. This post includes everything I learned as well as some revenue numbers.


Finding a place to buy

Each listing on airbnb has a publicly visible calendar that shows which nights are booked and which nights are available. Using this tool it’s very easy to work out almost exactly each host is making. This makes it an invaluable resource when researching where to buy.

Simply find a listing that’s in an area you’re thinking about buying and click on the calendar tab. Then count up how many red squares there are in a given month, * that by the nightly rate listed on the profile and you have the monthly revenue.

Read on. 

 

piercing beauty


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While in New York a couple weeks ago, part of our job is to capture the essence of bridal designers and their exhibits. Most of the designers hire models to try on their gowns for buyers.

Often, the models are marble-mouthingly gorgeous. Tina and I will pass a few and lose all ability to make intelligible words come out of our mouths.

I’ve been going through my photos, which is where this one came from as well.

 

 

Marvelous! Here are gorgeous photos of the destruction of our planet!


From Vanity Fair, in an article called, On the Cold Front, check out these beautiful photos from James Balog:

In an effort to provide concrete visual proof of climate change and its devastating effects, photographer James Balog embarked on a years-long project that spanned the northern reaches of the globe. He set up cameras from Greenland to Alaska in order to capture horrifying—yet undeniably beautiful—time-lapse photos that reveal the unprecedented rate at which glaciers are receding. As the award-winning Chasing Ice, which chronicles Balog’s monumental endeavor with his Extreme Ice Survey, hits New York on November 9, VF.com showcases breathtaking photographs from Balog’s Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, published by Rizzoli.

If only the ice would melt into the form of large Ts, perhaps more climate change deniers would get on board.

Via Kottke

Insider advice: shooting runway and fashion photography with Robert Mitra


One of my favorite photography blogs, From Me to You, recently featured a short interview with a runway fashion photographer who shoots Fashion Week every year.

The photographer is Robert Mitra, and you can read the entire interview here.

Don’t bother going to Mitra’s website. The idiot has it locked down for some dumb reason.

Mitra talks about why he shoots JPGs over RAWs at runways, what lenses, what camera body and the settings he uses. And he talks about what it’s like to be in the photo pits fighting for position.

After shooting in music festivals and runways here and in New York, I can attest to the fighting for position and how difficult it can be.

I don’t agree with Mitra’s camera settings so much. I like a little more depth of field so I try to shoot at 1/320th and at 3.2 to 4.0. Runways are generally slow, and 1/320th is good enough to stop the action. Heck, it’s good enough to stop a drummers arm in low-light, I think it’s more than enough to stop a model shuffling slowly down a runway.

I don’t like the softness that starts on the face with an f-stop of 2.8. I want a little more in focus to go from nose to ears.

The shot above is yours truly fending for position at a Bridal Week pit last October.

Below is a huge pit from fashion week that was featured at From Me to You. How crazy is that! Also below is a short, short video of what it looks like and sounds like in the pit.

It’s essential to chew gum like a champ.

I’ll never live down not having the right lens last year. This year, I’m going to be over prepared. :)

Stumbling around in NYC


Tina and I arrived in beautiful NYC yesterday. While waiting to check into our hotel, we grabbed a bit at one of our favorite diners, met a self-described clairvoyant medium who also works as a life coach.

We walked around a bit, and I snapped some photos.

We met friends Becky and Luis for dinner last night at an excellent Cuban restaurant called Calle Ocho. I had a skirt steak that the chef is so cocky about, he serves it with a butter knife.

But I didn’t need that either.

Tina and I will be shooting today and nursing our feet tonight from walking around. Here are some shot that I took around the neighborhood yesterday.